On Saturday 29 July, the second workshop in relation to the project took place within Newcastle University.
Four people participated in this workshop. Dr. Mark Jackson was there to welcome participants on behalf of the university and explained the project as an opportunity to give participants the space to express themselves through research and creativity.
This workshop focused on creative activities including visual journaling; the mixing of words, images, collage and paints. This provided a safe space for participants to explore issues around journey, memories, heritage and identity.
Responding to photography the from the Gertrude Bell archives as well as their own artwork, the participants shared stories that involved genocide, displacement and loss of identity, heritage and continuity. One participant also gave a presentation on her work on archiving neo Aramaic language.
What emerged during the workshop was the realisation of reality; that there havv been centuries of massacres and genocides and nothing seems to have changed. There seems no end to this destruction.
What was proposed was the need for us all to recognise and accept the rights of every human being no matter who they are or where they come from. Education and law implementation play a vital role in these changes of attitudes and actions.